Christian Aguilar missing: Bravo formally charged with first-degree murder for missing UF student

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Pedro Bravo has been formally charged with first-degree murder in the case of a missing University of Florida student during his first court appearance.

The state argued Bravo should be charged with murder because he previously said he beat 18-year-old Christian Aguilar until he was bloody, swollen and barely breathing.

The Miami Herald ( reports Bravo stared straight-faced into the jail camera during the proceedings. He was denied bond.

A family friend also read a statement from Aguilar's father during the hearing.

Police say Aguilar was last seen Sept. 20 at a Gainesville Best Buy store with Bravo. Police believe they may have been fighting over a girl.

Meanwhile Gov. Rick Scott joined the massive search for the victim.

Gov. Rick Scott is planning to help search for the missing University of Florida student a day after authorities charged the victim's friend with murder.

Scott will join the massive search for Aguilar on Saturday, combing through wooded fields and parking lots. Authorities indicated Aguilar may have been buried near a lime rock roadway.

Meanwhile, volunteers at Sweetwater City Hall are collecting water, machetes and rubber boots to help with the search.

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